The Senior Citizens’ Day

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Speech by Chief Minister of Penang
At The Senior Citizens’ Day

on 8 October 2017

At Silver Jubilee Home for the Aged 

Senior Citizens’ Day is celebrated annually at Silver Jubilee Home to recognize the contributions of these senior citizens to our family and society. As the Chinese proverb goes, “when you drink the water, remember its source”.

For all that they have achieved throughout life and what they continue to accomplish, we owe these senior citizens our thanks and a heartfelt salute. We should show our gratitude by showering them with love, time and patience.

Here, at Silver Jubilee Home, the 160 over residents’ welfare is filled with tender loving care and treatment. Ever since its establishment in 1935, the General Committee Members, supported by some 50 over full time staff, have worked tirelessly.

The various facilities that are of world-class standard attests to the excellent and efficient management of the Home as well as allowing the residents to live with proper care, with hope not despair. The Home's expenditure comes up to RM 2, 170, 763 million annually, all which are raised from the public. Thank you.

Silver Jubilee Home also opens its doors to potential residents and the Public for 365/366 days a year. At the 2 medical wards, i.e. male and female wards, residents are cared for by nursing staff for 24 hours a day. We can be proud that this is the best run government senior citizens welfare home in Malaysia!

The Home stands on a piece of 22.5 acres of land donated by Mr. Cheah Leong Keah. We thank the family members of Mr Cheah for this generous donations.

However, this could not have been possible without the strong, generous and continuous support, and most importantly, donations, from the Public which enabled the State Government not to have to make significant contribution. On behalf of the State Government, we thank these contributions from the public. Some of the donors are :-

a. Tan Sri Dato’ Sri Tan Kok Ping
b. Dato Tan Su Chin
c. Dato Seri Richard Koh
d. Super Tanker Food Court Sdn Bhd
e. Kamsen Construction Sdn Bhd
f. SD Design & Management Sdn Bhd
g. District Grand Lodge of the Middle East
h. Pan Malaysian Pools Sdn Bhd
i. Conaire Engineering Sdn Bhd
j. Maple West Sdn Bhd
k. CYC Management Sdn Bhd
l. Yeap Leong Hai Trust
m.Yeap Leong Chooi Trust
n. Guangdong Blue Sky Lions Club
o. Lim Lean Teng Foundation
p. Berjaya Corporation
q. Mr. Ang Bean
r. Mr. Cheung Wing Shing
s. Dr. Choong SIm Poey
t. Dr. Heah Kwee Hong
u. Mr. Cheah Wee Khye
v. Mr. Choo Sin Fook
w. Mr. Yeo Khee Huat
x. Mr. Yap Soon Hin
y. Mr. Teoh Beng Seng
z. Mr. Sri Tjandra@ Chan A Tjong
aa. Mr. Lim Kok Seng

I wish to congratulate the past and present General Committee Members for their commitment in ensuring the steady growth of Silver Jubilee Home to continuously provide excellent care and treatment for the needy senior citizens.

Lastly, I take this opportunity to wish all senior citizens present here, “Happy Senior Citizens’ Day !”

Penang Lantern Festival 2017

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Speech by Chief Minister of Penang

Penang Lantern Festival 2017

7 October 2017

A very good evening to everyone here today and welcome to the Penang Lantern Festival 2017.

The Lantern Festival also known as Mid-Autumn Festival or Mooncake festival is also a special day of reunion for family members to get together to admire the full moon. There are many interesting programmes and performances lined up for this evening including famous performing groups specially invited from Sanya, Chengdu and Juizaigho. We also have a food stall from Chengdu as an addition to the 20 food stalls here serving delicious Penang food. We hope we can organize more direct flights to these cities from Penang.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank all the international performers tonight for your visit to Penang and for being with us tonight to share your talent and culture with us Penangites. The State Government will continue to organize the Festival annually. Lastly, I hope everyone will have a good time and enjoy yourselves at the festival.

Thank you.

The Launching of Prince of Wales International School, Balik Pulau

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Speech by Chief Minister of Penang

At The Launching of Prince of Wales International School, Balik Pulau

7 Oct 2017


Good morning. I am delighted to be here today to launch this landmark event for MTT Learning Academy. Since the ground breaking of POWIIS in 2010, I have been pleased to witness the continual growth and success that the Prince of Wales Island International School has achieved. It is certainly encouraging to see this collaboration between private corporations like MTT Learning and BSG Property helping Penang becoming an education city and nurture Penang as a talent hub.

A good education starts with a strong foundation. The establishment of a primary school with standards such as those that POWIIS Primary aspires to, will no doubt put our younger generation in good stead.

It is also very promising when the ethos adopted by private education providers such as MTT Learning are aligned with initiatives the state government have introduced. In recent years, the state government has aimed to fill the gap in science education among primary and secondary students with STEM initiatives such as the Tech Dome, Penang Skill Development Centre, Penang Science Cluster, Karpal Singh Penang Learning Centre, @CAT Penang as well as the Penang Digital Library.

With these programmes which the Sate Government has invested RM 68 million, the government hopes to not only increase interest in STEM, but to also spark creativity and innovation. This mind set of discovery, experiential learning and teaching young children to think outside the box are elements incorporated into POWIIS Primary.

A liveable city must not only be clean green safe and and healthy. It must also posses good schools and advanced education system and world-class health care. POWISS Primary will definitely add on the the number of good international primary schools coming to Penang

Penang has nine international schools on the island and mainland combined with at least three more school brands coming in. I am very pleased to see not only the growth of home grown brands, but that Penang is also attracting international brands to set up international schools on our island adding lustre to Penang's aim to be regional education hub.

POWISS Primary in Tanjung Bungah will give parents a mere choice for their kids as well as cater to the growing demand from their expatriates and locals. Once again I congratulate Dato Kenny Ong for this vision and ambition in growing the education portfolio of the MTT group of companies. I wish you and Dato Lim Kean Seng from BSG all the success in this venture and am sure that your collaboration will bring about the provision of quality primary international education.

Ladies and Gentlemen, thank you very much.